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10 things you need to know about your clitoris right now

The beauty of the clitoris has really only been unearthed since the 1990’s, but there is still so much more to know. As an owner of one of these mystifying little creatures, it astounds me to learn just how much power, energy and pleasure they are capable of.

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1. Pleasure is its sole purpose

It is the one and only body part that’s sole purpose is for pleasure.

2. Devils teat

Yet, throughout history women have been having their clitoris removed due to the advocation of doctors. It was thought that removing the “devils teat” could cure mental illness such as depression and schizophrenia. It was also believed that it was unnatural for women to desire sex.

3. Timeless

Interestingly, it is also the only part of the female body that does not age with time. So, your 80 year old clitoris will be just the same as your 20 year old one.

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4. Continues to grow

While it may not age, it will change over time. It will continue to grow long after the rest of your body stops growing.

At the end of your menstrual cycle each month, it is up to seven times larger than it was at birth.  No wonder this is reportedly the best time for women to orgasm.

5. Nerve endings

There are 8,000 nerve endings in the glans of the clitoris (which is double the amount of nerves found in the penis). These nerves communicate with over 15,000 other nerves that service the entire pelvic region, making it the complete power house of pleasure!

6. It has LEGS

The small hood that we can see and feel is merely just the tip of the iceberg. The clitoris has its very own legs that wrap around the vaginal tunnel and spread down towards the thighs.

7. The real G-spot

That elusive G-spot that is said to be reached internally within the vagina is actually entirely within the clitoris. Therefore vaginal orgasms are actually clitoris orgasms.

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8. New discoveries

It wasn’t until 1998 that the complete anatomy of the clitoris was truly understood. Helen O’Connel, an Australian urologist, conducted MRI studies on female volunteers changing the way we understood this amazing body part.

9. Swelling/erection

When aroused, the clitoris can enlarge up to 300 per cent.  However, it doesn’t do so on a zero to 100 in ten seconds kind of speed, it slowly engorges the closer to orgasm you become.

10. Placement matters

While size, colour and shape doesn’t effect its performance, the placement does. Research suggests that the further away from the vaginal opening the clitoris is, the harder it is for a women to reach orgasm. The ideal distance is 2.5 cms.

Now that you understand the amazing capacity of your clitoris, here are 11 more reasons why you should have sex tonight.

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written by:

Jessica Black

Jess is a fiercely passionate storyteller who is mad about fitness and wine drinking, usually not at the same time. She’s a freelance writer who juggles being a mummy to three and hospitality work. When she’s not busy tapping away on her keyboard with a smile on her face she’s chasing the kids or jogging on the beach.